Wake Cumtux Coulee, lol
A Chinuk Wawa place name that’s a pun!
Central Washington’s Wake Cumtux Coulee can be taken either as two or as three words of Chinook Jargon.Two words — “Don’t Know” Coulee. (In the inland Pacific Northwest, a coulee [kúli] is a large steep ravine.)
Three words –“Don’t Know How to Run” / “Can’t Run”.
Records of this name extend back to the immediate post-frontier period, the 1890’s.
I haven’t found enough documents to show why it was named so.
Still, we can notice, and smile.